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Health Care Reform and the Art of Civil Discourse

Four¬†events do not necessarily a trend make, but………

I reported that the 8/8/09 teabag event on Long Island was remarkable for its lack of venom. That people from the two points of view mingled among each other rather than massing into camps and facing off aggressively. That they manage to TALK to each other like normal human beings.

Peterr had a similar experience in Midwest.

Overall, it seemed relatively calm and peaceful, which I attribute in part to it being 8AM on a Saturday morning. People with different viewpoints were all mixed together, but even the most heated arguments were pretty calm.

Albany Blogger Andrew White tells me in some email about an event held today by Congressman Scott Murphy in upstate NY

This crowd was inter-mingled too. There were some moments of heatedness at the beginning and the interruptions continued throughout but it was mostly under control and I witnessed various side conversations going on around the area between people obviously on opposite sides. Had one of those with an older couple that got in my face as I was leaving myself.

And from Commentor Abrash TX

This is the same kind of behavior I saw today at a health care event in NE Austin, where Lloyd Doggett was present. The crowd was very heavily progressive and Obama tshirts were everywhere, but the opposition commingled and I only saw a couple people being ugly or creepy. That being said, we were there for an hour but had to leave before Lloyd spoke. John Cornyn had told the Austin American Statesman that he planned to attend but I don’t know if he showed.

I’m telling you, the American people are BETTER than lobbyists give them credit for. Even if Washington has forgotten the art of civil discourse,the folks back home? We still remember how to treat our neighbors.

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Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York under several different U.S. Attorneys, former counsel to the Inspector General for the N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection where she investigated threats to the New York City water supply and other environmental crimes, as well as public corruption and fraud against the government, former Examining Attorney at the N.Y.C. Department of Investigation and former Capital Construction Counsel at New York City Parks and Recreation.
She is now in private practice with a colleague whom she met while at the USA Attorney's Office. Ms. Kouril is a member of the Steering Committee, National Committeewoman and Regional Coordinator for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Election Law Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is active in several other Bar Associations.
Most important of all, she is a soccer mom.

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